Happy Hump Day! It’s been a busy week so far–with not nearly as much time for cooking and eating as I would like. After having the past week’s worth of breakfasts in the car on the way to work–consisting of coffee and scavengings of the previous night’s leftovers–it was extremely refreshing to sit and have an actual breakfast this morning. I had a loose series of bolts hanging off one of the tires of my car, which could have resulted in the tire falling off while driving. This struck me as mildly important, so I took the car to the shop and while the repairmen worked, I ate breakfast in the attached vegan diner (my real reason for going…that is another post altogether). While there, I had time to organize a new recipe: Dairy-Free Empanadas!
Yields: 4 large empanadas
Cook Time: 30 to 45 minutes
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, somewhat softened
1/3 cup cold water
1 tbsp vinegar (I used rice vinegar…I think anything except balsamic would be fine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Stir in the egg, vinegar, and slowly add the water as needed (you may not need all of it).
Flour a clean, dry surface and pour out the dough on it. Toss some flour on top and knead/roll it out. Cut into 4 somewhat-square shapes. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the filling of your choice (don’t overfill!) onto one half, fold the other half over, and press edges with a fork.
Spray a cookie sheet or pan, and bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes (check at 25 minutes if the crust is getting fluffy…leave in a little longer if needed). Remove and serve.
What to fill it with, you ask? I did spinach and tomatoes sauteed with chipotle seasoning, and it was good! Over the weekend, I also filled it with Spanish fried rice & beans–also good. Try out different vegetables, sauces, meats , or whatever you have available! This dough provides a pretty balanced flavor that could work with something sweet or savory. (:
Next Post: I’m testing recipes for a vegan version of the Cuban sandwich, stay tuned!
In other news, if you haven’t seen The Hundred Foot Journey, do yourself a favor. Clocking in a little under two hours, the plot centers around a misplaced family that starts a traditional Indian restaurant in competition with the local flavor in a secluded French village. I found it incredibly touching, and it’s all about food; what’s not to love? The only plot hole is that I found myself wondering why neither French nor Indian people referred to it as The Hundred Kilometer Journey.